Showcase of Physical Typography For Your Inspiration

When looking for fresh typography inspiration what do you usually do? Do you browse websites like DaFont or Lost Type looking for the latest free typefaces? Do you search Google or Behance for inspiration? These are some great ways to get inspired but we urge you to remember physical typography. Sometimes designs take on a whole new life when applied to the real world. For example, when a typeface gets applied to a neon sign the lighting might effect the original color choices, or when a typeface is beveled, the shadows it creates might have an affect on the other design elements. When designing, do not forget about the third dimension and how elements like lighting, bevels, embosses, backgrounds, and borders might effect the final composition.

Waywords Blog

The first place we recommend checking out for physical typography inspiration would be the Waywords blog. This blog is dedicated to original photographs of physical typography. Waywords is run by Andy Anzollitto, a designer and illustrator based out of Waco, Texas. All photographs are taken and owned by him.

 

 

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

Physical Typography - Photography by Andy Anzollitto

 

Pinterest

Another great resource for design inspiration is Pinterest. You can simply search for physical typography or find a board dedicated to the subject like this one created by David Rainbird. Designs like these always remind us that typography doesn’t always have to be fonts. Typefaces can be created out of any object or shape. Below you can find some great physical typography examples we found on Pinterest.

Level numbering in the Mercedes-Benz Museum - Photo taken by Fini Orlamuende from Germany.

Level numbering in the Mercedes-Benz Museum – Photo taken by Fini Orlamuende from Germany.

 

PAVE Academy Charter School, USA

PAVE Academy Charter School, USA

 

Tercerunquinto, I Am What I Am, 2008, Ikon Gallery, London.

Tercerunquinto, I Am What I Am, 2008, Ikon Gallery, London.

 

4D typography' - a type that can be seen from all angles

4D typography – a type that can be seen from all angles

 

RCA The Great Exhibition by Studio Myerscough

RCA The Great Exhibition by Studio Myerscough

& Poster by David & Conner

& Poster by David & Conner

 

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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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